C.A.L.M. Radler
Goose Island Beer Co.

C.A.L.M. RadlerC.A.L.M. Radler
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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #584
ABV:
3%
Score:
80
Ranked #42,204
Avg:
3.52 | pDev: 28.98%
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
55
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Goose Island Beer Co.
 
Illinois, United States
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80
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C.A.L.M. RadlerC.A.L.M. Radler
Notes: Formerly known as Radler #1, a light effervescent warm weather ale brewed with cucumber, mint, and lime.
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 55 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Tom215
1.42/5  rDev -59.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Probably one of the worst beers I’ve ever tasted. Overly sweet and a cucumber seems to be the focal point. I would absolutely never purchase this again.

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Photo of izraelc
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear. Strong aroma of cucumber. This one seemed very interesting and it is. Big flavors of cucumber lime and mint. All complement each other very well. Sweet finish. This beer is definitely not for most people but I think it is excellent and unique.

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Photo of SB2017
2.96/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Smells almost putrid, and tastes far too sweet. It's a problem with radlers generally, but this just cant satisfy a summery desire for refreshment. It tastes like a beery craft soda.

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Photo of swid
1.59/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Purchased in a mixed 24-pack - best by date on the bottle is 7/18/2019.

It pours with an off-white head that dissipates quickly. Minimal carbonation.

Aroma is pickle brine. The flavors added to the radler don’t come together in a way that’s at all enjoyable; the initial taste is that of soured pickle brine, with the finish being notably minty (being its only saving grace). The feel is fuller and slightly sweet.

I like the idea of this beer, but the execution is lacking.

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Photo of MJnar1
1/5  rDev -71.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer is shite. I love goose island but this beer is total foul. The cucumber adds a funkiness, the lime amplifies it and brings out the foulness in stereo. It’s like Sprinkling salt on a yankee candle and burning it. The mint opens your nasal passages to inhale the stank. What were they thinking? Women like these things but not in their beer. Love your products but this is no good.

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Photo of alczek
1.17/5  rDev -66.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Honestly the worst beer I ever remember having. I don't know how a brewer could have made this and decided to go ahead and sell it. I'm not sure about the feel, because I couldn't bring myself to hold it in my mouth long enough to judge.

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Photo of m9b
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

its interesting to see and taste these
you can't get the taste from the description although it is accurate
reminds me of the founders zebra
good with Zesty Mediterranean Salad

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.81/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 4/20/16; drank 6/7/16 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy pale yellow appearance; champagne bubbles throughout.

A rough pour yielded a small, noisy bright white head; minimal lace.

Cucumber & mint notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Lime & cucumber flavors up front; strong mint notes & a sharp, carbonated bite on the finish.

The advertised cucumber, mint & lime are all accounted for, providing a refreshing zest; it's also a bit over the top with the aforementioned flavors. Interesting & certainly worth a quaff....

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Photo of bmeehan
4.21/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is so strange, and the more I drank it, the more it came back down to earth for me, but it's got such fun flavors that it's certainly worth drinking. The cucumber and lime are wild and it's got a very crisp finish.

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Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 4/20/2016. Pours slightly hazy pale golden/straw color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big cucumber, lemon, lime, mint, wheat, white bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance of fruit/mint and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big cucumber, lemon, lime, mint, wheat, white bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Light herbal bitterness and fruit tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of cucumber, lemon, lime, mint, wheat, white bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness and balance of fruit/mint and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tartness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and light body; with a very smooth, crisp, clean, lightly grainy, and slightly syrupy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 3%. Overall this is an awesome radler! All around great robustness and balance of fruit/mint and light-moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. There is a lot of lime flavor to balance the cucumber presence; so it doesn’t feel too weird as it usually is for me. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of matjack85
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Sal's World of Liquor in Addison, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single 12oz brown bottle $1.67. Bottled on date of April 20, 2016 is clearly printed on the back label.

The beer poured a slightly hazed light yellow color and produced a short lived 2-finger white head. The head dissipated completely after about 40 seconds and left no lacing.

Huge cucumber smell with lime and mint underneath.

Very sweet lime soda taste with plenty of cucumber flavor and a touch of subtle mint. Although they use 3 different hops in here there's not the first hint of bitterness in it at only 12 IBUs. Tastes more like a pop than a beer, but then that's what radlers are.

Sweet but very light and refreshing with moderate to medium carbonation. It could have used more spritz.

Not my favorite beer style but decent as far as radlers go. The cucumber is a welcome addition.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.4/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with 2-Row, Torrified Wheat, hopped with First Gold, Mt. Hood, Cascade/ Flavored with cucumber, lime and mint soda.
12 IBU's , 3.0% ABV

Pours out to a clear very pale straw golden, forming a nice bone white head with very good retention and lacing. Carbonation is crisp, ~3.0 carbs or so. The nose is great and you can definitely smell the cucumber, lime and mint all up front. Wonderful smell. Mouthfeel is crisp, clean, soda like, with a very light body. Drinks like a pop. The taste is just what it advertises, cucumber, lime and mint and it's all there and not subtle. Very flavorful, finishing lightly sweet overall, with a very mild bitterness and a clean watery finish. Goes down super easy.

I love this. It's exactly as drescribed and it does a good job of it. Tastes great and great for cooling off. I could drink a 6'er of this next to the pool. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottled 20APR16 printed on the back label. A new "radler" creation from Goose Island - "Wheat ale with natural cucumber, lime, & mint flavors". Sounds truly inviting, with a low 3.00% abv.

Poured into Goose Island stemware.

A - Pours pale murky gold / yellow, finger of light fizzy bubbly head, frothy and pilsner-like, that dies out quick, leaving no real lacing behind. Slight surface skimming. Apt carbonation. Looks nice.

S - Aroma is very earthy & vegetal, with juicy cucumber leading the way, and the cool fresh authentic mint leaves coming in second. The cucumber overpowers the lime a bit. Invokes notes of freshly brewed iced tea. Bit of golden bready malt. Very interesting.

T - Taste follows the nose: huge dominant cucumber, very juicy and vegetal, followed up with tons of authentic mint leaf coolness. Again, invokes notes of freshly brewed iced tea, with some balancing wheat malt / honey sweetness. Again, i'm really only detecting hints of the lime, at best; lime mostly blends with the vegetal flavors of the cucumber.

M - Feel is excellent; smooth, crisp, clean, semi-sticky / syrupy & sweet on the finish. Very light & easy-drinking stuff, with a wonderfully low 3.00% abv. Highly drinkable stuff. Crisp carbonation.

Overall, an excellent light cucumber / lime / mint wheat beer from Goose Island; though it's credibility as an actual radler could be debated, in my opinion. Still, awesomely flavored and slammable stuff. I look forward to downing many of these in summer weather.

Goose Island Calm Radler -----4/5.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is cucumber, lime and big lemon/citrus. The flavor is lime, cucumber, malts, lemon/citrus, mild sweetness and a tart/smoothish finish. Not bad, still don't care for cucumber in beer.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Right off the bat, this beer makes it obvious that the cucumber is the star. In the glass and on the nose, there is nothing but cucumber to be had. The body of the beer is a light straw to almost cucumber-green in color and the nose is of a freshly juiced cucumbers and just a touch of lightly tart limes.

As the beer washes over the tongue, the cucumber is again the prominent flavor. The cucumber juice mixes with some lime tartness and transforms into a sweet and lightly tart, thirst quenching drink. Towards the back end of the drink, the base wheat ale adds some flavors in, with a light dryness and grain flavors. At the very end of the drink, the mint makes a brief and subtle appearance to provide a lingering and ending bite to the drink. On the palate, this one feels exactly like a radler should; it is both refreshing and chug-able.

Overall, this is a very unique and interesting take on a radler, and I like it. The cucumber is present and prominent on both the nose and tongue, so if you don't like cucumber, this isn't for you. It is a little on the sweet side, but if it is 100 degrees out, this is what I am reaching for.

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Photo of Amtchicago
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In terms of Radlers, this is very unique. Nose is amazing, fresh cucumber. The taste is a lil too sweet for my liking. I was hoping for a little more bite from the mint. Overall, a very refreshing summer beer that I enjoyed.

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